Blinken: Griner Sentence ‘Compounds the Injustice’ of Wrongful Detention

‘It puts a spotlight on our very significant concern with Russia’s legal system’

TRANSCRIPT:

BLINKEN: "We’ve all seen the sentencing conviction of Brittney Griner to nine years in prison, and that further compounds the injustice that's being done to her and her wrongful detention. It puts a spotlight on our very significant concern with Russia’s legal system and the Russian government's use of wrongful detentions to advance its own agenda using individuals as political pawns. The same goes for Paul Whelan. We put forward, as you know, a substantial proposal that Russia should engage with us on. And what Foreign Minister Lavrov said this morning and said publicly is that they are prepared to engage through channels we’ve established to do just that, and we’ll be pursuing that."

Video files
Full
Compact
Audio files
Full
Compact
Similar stories
State Department Spox Says U.S. Found Out About Extension of Brittney Griner’s Detention From Russian State News
Swalwell Slams Manafort Sentence: ‘It’s a Sentence That Is Far Too Short for a List of Crimes That Are Too Long’
Shane Smith Asks President Obama Is the American Justice System Racist
Attorney on Colo. Student Sentenced to Work Release for Rape: ‘Not a Light Sentence’
Fox News: Judge Could Toss Steinle Family’s Wrongful Death Suit